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Penny  Sakamoto Group Publisher
Penny Sakamoto
Penny Sakamoto is group publisher for Black Press-Greater Victoria, leading a team of about 65 staff and approximately 1,200 newspaper carriers. She graduated from journalism school in Winnipeg and has spent her career in the newspaper business in Canada and the U.S. She served as president of the B.C. and Yukon Community Newspaper Association and on the board of the Canadian Community Newspaper Association. In 2008, Sakamoto was awarded the Silver Quill Award for more than 25 years of distinguished service to the industry. Sakamoto works out of the Broughton Street office in downtown Victoria.
Don  Descoteau Editor
Don Descoteau
1-250-478-9552 Ext 240
Don is a 23-year veteran of the community newspaper business, all with Black Press, and was named editor of the Goldstream News Gazette in September 2014 after six months as acting editor. After spending 10 years as sports editor in Williams Lake and Campbell River, he moved back to his hometown of Victoria to work as senior reporter for the Victoria News. He served various turns as editor of the Victoria News and Oak Bay News, before assuming the post with the Gazette in March 2014.
Kevin  Laird Editorial Director
Kevin Laird
Kevin Laird has been editorial director for Black Press-Greater Victoria and editor of the Victoria News since September 2007. Previous to that he was editor of the Nanaimo News Bulletin and worked at community and daily newspapers in Alberta and B.C. Kevin and the newsroom staff he has led have won numerous national, provincial and regional awards. He's been in the newspaper business since 1981 and has a degree in journalism.
Christine  Scott Publisher
Christine Scott
250-478-9552 ext 228
Originally from Scotland, Christine started her newspaper career with the Halifax Daily News in the print advertising division. After relocating to Victoria, Christine joined Black Press in 2005, first as an advertising consultant for the Victoria News and then as Advertising Manager of the Goldstream News Gazette. A key member of the executive team, she completed the Thompson Rivers University Leadership certificate program and has been involved in many Black Press initiatives such as Women in Business and Best of the City. An active member of the West Shore community, she has volunteered with Bridges for Women, Habitat for Humanity and the Chamber of Commerce. Christine is married to Jody Epp and has 2 daughters, Ellen and Sophie.

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